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Cannes: U.S., China Drive Cannes – Market Update

14 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Originally written as a Cannes market closer for Variety’s last print daily, on May 19, this article has been updated through Tuesday, May 26:

 

Cannes – Five years ago, Cannes biz was powered by movies selling out worldwide. U.S. distribution pick-ups were something of a sideshow.

Now it’s the U.S. and China that are driving the train. One week after on-site trading at Cannes wound down, 2015’s edition still looks like a tale of four markets: U.S. and China, both galvanized by new players; Europe, depressed by eroding ancillary markets; arthouse, still a buyers’ market focused on star titles and ever more near completed films.

Trouble is, the U.S. is helping to make up for the weakness in the market but its growth is not yet at a par with the shortfall, doesn’t take up all of Europe’s slack, said Lotus Ent.’s Bill Johnson. »

- John Hopewell and Ramin Setoodeh

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Indie Labels Hoping to Heat Up Summer Blockbuster Season

26 May 2015 11:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Over the next four months, indie labels are invading popcorn-movie season, hoping to prove that summer isn’t just for blockbusters.

While multiplexes will be filled with rampaging dinosaurs and costumed Avengers, companies like Sony Pictures Classics, Roadside Attractions and Fox Searchlight are countering with challenging tales about teenage sexual awakening, troubled musical geniuses and a cancer-stricken high-schooler.

If the gamble pays off, then festival favorites such as “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Love & Mercy” and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” will act as shrewd counterprogramming. If it doesn’t, these films and others of their ilk will be steamrollered by the likes of “Jurassic World” and “Minions.”

“We like the summer for independent film, because you’re usually against one or two films for the adult audience as opposed to seven at Oscar time,” said Howard Cohen, co-president of Roadside Attractions.

In past summers, Cohen has »

- Brent Lang

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On Demand DVD New Releases May 25-31

25 May 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

On Demand DVD New Releases May 25-31 Foxcatcher (pictured below)  John du Pont is craving the chance to craft his legacy. He creates an amazing wrestling facility and recruits Mark Schultz to move to his ranch. Soon after, Mark’s brother Dave joins him to help lead the Olympic hopefuls training there. The story becomes tragic as we witness du Pont’s spiral into madness. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo (R, 2:14) 5/26 Nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Actor (Steve Carrell), Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo) Updated: Now seeing a 6/2 release date for Foxcatcher  The Loft A penthouse loft … Continue reading →

The post On Demand DVD New Releases May 25-31 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

- Meredith Ennis

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Actress and Comedian Anne Meara, Mother of Ben Stiller, Dies at 85

24 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anne Meara, the Emmy- and Tony-nominated comedian long paired personally and professionally with Jerry Stiller and the mother of actor-director Ben Stiller, died Saturday, her husband and son told the Associated Press. She was 85.

No further details have been revealed. A statement released to the AP said Jerry Stiller was Meara’s “husband and partner in life.” The statement added, “The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long.”

Stiller and Meara were a top comedy act in the 1960s, appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 36 times. The two were members of the improv group the Compass Players, which later became Second City.

Although Meara had converted to Judaism when the couple got married, Stiller & Meara’s material centered on the differences in their ethnic backgrounds, epitomized by their signature “Hershey Horowitz/Mary Elizabeth Doyle” routines.

In 2010 the couple had their own Yahoo comedy series, “Stiller & Meara, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Actress and Comedian Anne Meara, Mother of Ben Stiller, Dies at 85

24 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anne Meara, the Emmy- and Tony-nominated comedian long paired personally and professionally with Jerry Stiller and the mother of actor-director Ben Stiller, died Saturday, her husband and son told the Associated Press. She was 85.

No further details have been revealed. A statement released to the AP said Jerry Stiller was Meara’s “husband and partner in life.” The statement added, “The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long.”

Stiller and Meara were a top comedy act in the 1960s, appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 36 times. The two were members of the improv group the Compass Players, which later became Second City.

Although Meara had converted to Judaism when the couple got married, Stiller & Meara’s material centered on the differences in their ethnic backgrounds, epitomized by their signature “Hershey Horowitz/Mary Elizabeth Doyle” routines.

In 2010 the couple had their own Yahoo comedy series, “Stiller & Meara, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Now You See Me 3 already in the works

24 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Now You See Me 2 isn't due until next year - but plans are afoot for Now You See Me 3...

Lionsgate has high hopes for its 2016 sequel, Now You See Me 2, which it hopes will build on the $350m gross for 2013's surprise hit. The sequel has added Daniel Radcliffe to its cast (which also includes returnees Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco), although Isla Fisher's pregnancy means she's missing from episode two.

But there's a sporting chance her Now You See Me days are not over. Lionsgate boss Jon Feltheimer has revealed that the firm is already in the early planning stages for Now You See Me 3, and Fisher may well thus return in that way.

The second film, Now You See Me: The Second Act, is currently due for release in June 2016, with Jon M Chu taking over directing duties from Louis Leterrier. »

- simonbrew

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Now You See Me 3 in the works before sequel gets released next year

23 May 2015 7:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lionsgate has revealed plans for Now You See Me 3, despite Now You See Me 2 not being released in cinemas until next year.

The new project was recently announced as part of Lionsgate's strategy to focus on franchises.

Variety reports that CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed the plans in a conference call, when he said: "We've already begun early planning for Now You See Me 3."

The CEO also said that production had finished on Now You See Me: The Second Act, which will be released in both Us and UK cinemas on June 10, 2016.

Cast members Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Sir Michael Caine will reprise their roles, alongside newbie Daniel Radcliffe.

Lizzy Caplan will also star, replacing Isla Fisher as the female lead.

Watch a trailer for 2013's Now You See Me below: »

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Check out Hot Toys 1/6th scale Iron Man Mark Xlv collectible figurine

23 May 2015 1:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yesterday we brought you a look at Hot Toys’ Iron Legion, and now we’ve got promotional images for another of the company’s Avengers: Age of Ultron collectible figurine line in the 1/6th scale Iron Man in his Mark Xlv armor…

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now and sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho), Andy Serkis (Uylsses Klaw), Henry Goodman (Dr. List), Julie Delpy (Madame B) and Linda Cardellini »

- Gary Collinson

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Cannes 2015: deals round-up

22 May 2015 2:23 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.

Behind the glamour of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.

A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.

In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: “Acquisition agents are telling me that it’s the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I’ve been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer.”

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Universal Pictures and Focus Features took worldwide rights to Tom Ford’s upcoming thriller Nocturnal Animals, starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, in a deal reportedly worth $20m. [Story]

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Hot Toys’ Avengers: Age of Ultron Iron Legion 1/6th scale collectible figure revealed

22 May 2015 9:48 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hot Toys has officially introduced its latest Avengers: Age of Ultron 1/6th scale collectible figurine for Tony Stark’s armored Iron Legion drone, which comes with a finely detailed armored body, metallic red, white, and blue colored on armor with weathered effects and Avengers decals, interchangeable armor parts, and a specially designed figure stand. Check it out…

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now and sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho »

- Gary Collinson

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Now You See Me 3 Heads into Development; Lionsgate Sees Magical Franchise

22 May 2015 9:04 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Even though the film was painfully disappointing considering its outstanding cast, Now You See Me was a bit hit for Lionsgate, and the studio has moved forward on Now You See Me 2. Even though the sequel, officially titled Now You See Me: The Second Act, won’t arrive until next summer, the studios is now developing Now You See Me 3. Variety reports that Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts, “We’ve already begun early planning for ‘Now You See Me 3,” during a conference call to discuss quarterly earnings. Production recently wrapped on Now You See Me: The Second Act, which stars Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, and Daniel Radcliffe, and it will be interesting to see how the cast for the sequel lines up. The sequel lost Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, and Melanie Laurent, but gained Caplan and Radcliffe. If Lionsgate wants to make this a legit franchise, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Lionsgate are already planning ‘Now You See Me 3′

22 May 2015 8:57 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

They haven’t got Now You See Me 2 in cinemas yet – indeed that movie is a year off release, but Lionsgate are already planning Now You See Me 3 as the studio works to focus in more on their franchise opportunities.

Speaking on a conference call with earning analysts, CEO Jon Feltheimer said: “We’ve already begun early planning for ‘Now You See Me 3.’”

The word, via Variety, is that Lionsgate is expecting Now You See Me 2 to top the $350 million in earnings from the first film in the series, that saw Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine star.

The studio is also planning a sequel to this year’s surprise hit John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves. »

- Paul Heath

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The Show Must Go On As Lionsgate Greenlights Third Installment Of Now You See Me

22 May 2015 7:16 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

From humble sleeper hit to bona fide series, the story behind Lionsgate’s Now You See Me franchise has been one riddled with success, and even though The Second Act isn’t set to slink into theaters until 2016, the studio has went one step further to greenlight a third installment in the crime caper franchise.

Speaking at an earnings call earlier today, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed that the studio has entered the “early planning” stage in relation to the threequel, and a Now You See Me 3 dovetails with the company’s plan to double down on bankable franchises. Back in 2013, the original movie pulled in an impressive $350 million at the worldwide box office off the back of a $75 million budget, and Lionsgate will be hoping to increase this profit margin moving forward.

In fact, it’s a trend seen across the studio’s roster of IP, what with the »

- Michael Briers

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‘Now You See Me 3’ In Development at Lionsgate

22 May 2015 7:06 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Now You See Me: The Second Act” doesn’t hit theaters until June 2016, but Lionsgate is already working on a sequel. “We’ve already begun early planning for ‘Now You See Me 3,'” studio CEO Jon Feltheimer said Friday during a call with analysts to discuss quarterly earnings. “Now You See Me,” a magical crime caper starring Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine, was a sleeper hit in 2013. See video: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson Fight Zombie Kids in 'Cooties' Trailer Although it grossed just under $30 million its opening weekend, »

- Greg Gilman

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Lionsgate's 'Now You See Me' to Get Third Installment

22 May 2015 6:44 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Lionsgate is working on a third installment for the Summit Entertainment hit movie Now You See Me. Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts during an earnings call Friday that another sequel is in "early planning" at the studio. Feltheimer predicted that the box office gross for Now You See Me 2, to bow in June 2016, will exceed the $351.7 million worldwide take for the original movie about magicians who perform heists. Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine will return for Now You See Me 2, which is directed by

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- Etan Vlessing

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‘Now You See Me 3′ in the Works at Lionsgate

22 May 2015 6:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has begun developing “Now You See Me 3,” a year before it releases “Now You See Me 2″ on June 10, 2016, as part of its strategy to focus on franchises.

CEO Jon Feltheimer made the disclosure Friday during the company’s conference call with analysts to discuss quarterly earnings. “We’ve already begun early planning for ‘Now You See Me 3,'” he said.

Feltheimer said production has wrapped on “Now You See Me 2.” Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse EisenbergDave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are reprising their roles while Lizzy Caplan has replaced Isla Fisher.

Feltheimer said Lionsgate believes that the movie will top the $350 million grossed by the original comedy caper in 2013.

Jon M. Chu is directing the sequel from a script by Ed Solomon and Pete Chiarelli. Producers are Alex Kurtzman and Bobby Cohen.

Lionsgate has seen strong performances from its “Twilight,” “Hunger Games” and “Divergent” franchises and »

- Dave McNary

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"Now You See Me 3" Is In The Works

22 May 2015 4:23 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have confirmed that they are working on a third instalment in the magician heist thriller series "Now You See Me" despite the first sequel not opening for another year.

During an quarterly earnings call Friday, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts that a third film is in "early planning" at the studio and he predicts the second film will exceed the $351.7 million worldwide haul of the first film

Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine will return for the second film which Jon M. Chu will helm from a script by Ed Solomon and Pete Chiarelli.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Hot Toys’ Avengers: Age of Ultron Cosbaby Series 2 unveiled

22 May 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following Cosbaby Series 1 and Series 1.5, Hot Toys has now unveiled its latest addition to its line up of collectibes for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron with Cosbaby Series 2, which Tony Stark’s new suit from the movie Iron Man Mark Xlv, Ultron Prime, Ultron Mark I, War Machine Mark II, Black Widow and Vision! Take a look…

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now and sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. »

- Gary Collinson

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Cannes: Mark Ruffalo To Be Feted By Italy’s Giffoni Fest For Kids

21 May 2015 2:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mark Ruffalo will be feted by Italy’s Giffoni Film Festival for children, the unique cinematic holiday camp of sorts where kids, teens and young adults from all over the world watch movies and judge them.

The U.S. actor best known to kids for his roles as Marvel Comics character Dr. Bruce Banner/the Hulk in the “The Avengers” franchise will hold an onstage conversation with young jurors from 52 countries including Australia, South Korea, France, Jordan, India, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Pakistan, Qatar, Syria, and the U.S.

The annual theme driving conversations, meetings and screenings at fest this year is Carpe Diem, the Latin aphorism that can be translated as “seize the day.”

Giffoni’s 45th edition will run July 17-26.

At a presser in Cannes fest topper Claudio Gubitosi also announced that construction work has begun on his long-gestating Giffoni Multimedia Valley project, which involves an expansion of »

- Nick Vivarelli

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New featurette explores the opening sequence of Avengers: Age of Ultron

19 May 2015 12:16 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Marvel Studios has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette which explores the action-packed opening sequence of Avengers: Age of Ultron as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes launch an attack on Hydra’s stronghold; check it out here…

See Also: Animated storyboard offers up an alternate look at Hulk vs Hulkbuster from Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now and sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho), Andy Serkis (Uylsses Klaw), Henry Goodman (Dr. »

- Gary Collinson

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